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16 September 2012

Rusell Blake: The Delphi Chronicle

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Not as exciting as the first book in the trilogy
Russell Blake's first book in this trilogy was "An epic roller-coaster ride of a thriller".  He introduced us to NY security consultant Michael Derrigan who unwittingly comes into possession of a manuscript that could change the world order if its secrets are aired. Everyone around him with the slightest knowledge of the manuscript are eliminated by expert clandestine killers. In the latter books the roller coaster didn't seem to keep up the same momentum.

Michael flees from New York to try and find a person who might know the source of the manuscript. Only skilled tradecraft allows him to drive across the USA unscathed  and make that connection.  He then further evades his followers in a complex journey through Mexico to eventually meet with the mysterious and lovely Sylvia who may  lead him to the source of the manuscript.

The excitement level in the latter books was less than in the first one and during Michael's journeys it was a bit like reading a travelogue about the USA and extolling the beauties of Mexico, especially the east coast where the author lives. The ending was not that thrilling and seemed a bit hurried and incomplete to me.

Overall the trilogy was an enjoyable read but was not as good as Silver Justice which I gave 5 stars. Despite these comments I still believe that Russell Blake is a talented thriller author and I look forward to reading more of his books.

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